Tributes have poured in after a Chorleywood councillor was forced to resign his position of 37 years due to ill health.
Martin Trevett was re-elected by the voters of Chorleywood South and Maple Cross last May for a 10th consecutive term on Three Rivers District Council (TRDC). Unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with a blood cancer, myeloma, which has caused spinal damage and left him unable to walk. It has also compromised his immune system, leaving him vulnerable to infection.
Martin has now made the decision to step down and focus on his health.
He said: “Resigning my seat was the saddest day of my life. I wish my successor all the very best, and hope they find the role of protecting and defending our beautiful area as rewarding as I have done.”
Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of TRDC, said: “I would like to thank Martin for his extraordinary years of service to TRDC, during which time he has campaigned over many local issues and proved a great example of community spirit to others. I will miss his presence in the council chamber, and I wish him all the very best for his retirement. He is a dear friend both to me and many others across all the political groups on the council. He will no doubt continue to champion Chorleywood long into his retirement.”
Councillor Ciarán Reed, Conservative Group Leader, said: “Martin Trevett has been, over many decades, a passionate champion for Chorleywood, the wider area and Three Rivers more generally. His commitment to service has been an enormous asset to our community. I and the rest of the Conservative Group are deeply saddened by his resignation and hope that his successor will be just as community-minded as him.”
Councillor Stephen Cox, Labour Group Leader, said: “Martin’s long record of selfless public service was exemplary and shines as an inspirational beacon to everyone. His passion, dedication and commitment were first-rate.
“We are saddened that he felt unable to carry on in a role he evidently enjoyed immensely. However, he has the satisfaction and knowledge that his contribution was both personally rewarding and others benefitted considerably from his thoughtful and diligent hard work spanning decades.”